How Can I Start Blogging?
If you have an area of special interest such as a hobby or even strongly held views on a particular topic then blogging may just be the right outlet for your creative and management talents. For those interested in finding the perfect avenue for expressing themselves designing and launching a blog is also one of the easiest ways to get yourself heard.
A blog can best be described as an online, ordered and interactive diary, but this description does not do the reach and power of a well run blog any justice. The new blogger is able to reach more people than ever before, with powerful messages that are aimed at a specific target audience.
Setting up a blog can take only hours (in fact some of the simpler templates that are available for free make setting up a blog extremely quick) and the design templates are extremely easy to use. Blogging sites like WordPress, or Blogger have literally hundreds of free templates available that can be used after a simple registration process. After the setup of the blog template it’s a simple matter of regular content updates. For the average user these updates are as simple as cut and paste (you can even write the blog straight into your content management system).
Managing content has never been simpler. Once you have decided on a topic then simply write the copy (the length is entirely up to you, some blog entries are only a line or two) and insert it into the blog.Once this has been done then the blogger can set about making the content as attractive of possible by inserting images or even video. This process is also extremely simply. One thing that should always be done is to ensure that the content that you are using from third parties is copyright free. There are sources of free images on websites that are easily accessible. However, even so called “free” images need to be used with care.
Although the images may be what is called “creative commons” images some care still needs to be taken to ensure that they are completely free for use. In most cases you can use content if you take care to attribute where they come from. The website that you source the graphic contents from will usually have guidelines as to how you can use the content.
So now you have the copy and the images and you’ve posted them into your content management system so what next? Blog management systems will usually allow you to insert tags and keywords which will help others to locate the content that they are particularly interested in. Fill out the form on the blog management page (not too many tags, otherwise you risk not being focused enough), select your main / highlighted photograph and you are ready to publish.
Once you have published your articles you can choose to share the content across your other social network sites, if you don’t have any then don’t worry, your new blog will still be open for business. Good luck with your blogging career.